Iran protests turn deadly as 2 killed (photos and video)

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The growing unrest over the economic woes plaguing Iran turned deadly overnight as two protesters were killed at a rally amid warnings from the country’s government that anyone who disrupts order and breaks the law “must be responsible for their behavior and pay the price.”

The deaths were the first of the demonstrations, which began Thursday and appear to be spreading throughout the Islamic country.

“On Saturday evening, there was an illegal protest in Dorud and a number of people took to the streets responding to calls from hostile groups, leading to clashes,” said Habibollah Khojastehpour, the deputy governor of the western Lorestan province, according to Sky News. “Unfortunately in these clashes two citizens from Dorud were killed.”

Khojastehpour told state television that “no shots were fired by the police and security forces” and “foreign agents” and “enemies of the revolutions” were to blame.

The protests in Iran have been largely ignored by the mainstream media, but President Trump has tweeted in support of the protestors while the State Department put out a statement condemning the actions of the Iranian government.

On Sunday morning Trump tweeted: “Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”

Below are photos and video from Iran.

Iranians chant slogans as they march in support of the government near the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
Tens of thousands of regime supporters marched in cities across Iran in a show of strength for the regime after two days of angry protests directed against the country’s religious rulers. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / HAMED MALEKPOUR (Photo credit should read HAMED MALEKPOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranians chant slogans as they march in support of the government near the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
Tens of thousands of regime supporters marched in cities across Iran in a show of strength for the regime after two days of angry protests directed against the country’s religious rulers. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / HAMED MALEKPOUR (Photo credit should read HAMED MALEKPOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – Iranians chant slogans as they march in support of the government near the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
Tens of thousands of regime supporters marched in cities across Iran in a show of strength for the regime after two days of angry protests directed against the country’s religious rulers. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / HAMED MALEKPOUR (Photo credit should read HAMED MALEKPOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranians gather in support of the government at the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
Tens of thousands of regime supporters marched in cities across Iran in a show of strength for the regime after two days of angry protests directed against the country’s religious rulers. / AFP PHOTO / TASNIM NEWS / HAMED MALEKPOUR (Photo credit should read HAMED MALEKPOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
Students protested in a third day of demonstrations sparked by anger over Iran’s economic problems, videos on social media showed, but were outnumbered by counter-demonstrators. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian students run for cover from tear gas at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
Students protested in a third day of demonstrations, videos on social media showed, but were outnumbered by counter-demonstrators. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian students scuffle with police at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017.
Students protested in a third day of demonstrations, videos on social media showed, but were outnumbered by counter-demonstrators. / AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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